• Save the Date: September 13-15, 2017
  • Peace, Love and HR
Lisa A. Kainec & Patrick M. Watts

Lisa A. Kainec & Patrick M. Watts

Organization - Zashin & Rich Co LPA


Medical Marijuana and the Heroin Epidemic: Impact on the Workplace

Learning Objectives

1. Understand legal implications of Medical Marijuana in the workplace

2. Understand how to manage employees impacted by marijuana or heroin

3. Compliance with ADA, FMLA, WC, drug testing, and discipline


As an HR Practitioner, are you equipped to handle the impacts of Medical Marijuana and the Heroin Epidemic in your workplace? This session will provide an overview of the legalization of Medical Marijuana in Ohio, including rules governing cultivation, processing, dispensing and possessing marijuana for "medical purposes." Attendees will understand the lawful and permissible activities of a registered patient and the limitations that can be imposed by political subdivisions of the state. Further, the session will cover the statutory protections for employers regarding drug testing, discharge of employees, use and accommodation issues, and possession and off-duty employee conduct. Participants also will delve into the complexities of the law surrounding workers' compensation, Drug-Free Workplace programs, unemployment compensation benefits, requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The session also will include tips for development of employment policies to ensure legal compliance and proactive management of potential issues. Strategies for drug testing and progressive discipline policies, such as first-offense termination and last-chance agreements, will be explored. Case studies will further explore practical approaches to what undoubtedly will be some of the most challenging scenarios faced by today's Human Resources professionals in the management of their workforce and the impact of these drug-related developments.


Lisa Kainec is a legal and human resources professional with 20+ years of experience in employment law across multiple industries including retail, healthcare, municipal, professional services, construction and manufacturing. Lisa is certified both as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Lisa has worked in-house as a human resources executive and senior employment counsel at one of America's largest private companies. In 2009, Lisa was certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Specialist in Labor and Employment law.

Lisa has practiced widely in state and federal courts, handling numerous public and private sector claims including wrongful discharge, discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, and unfair labor practices. She has also handled numerous labor arbitrations and has extensive experience in courts and administrative agencies throughout Ohio and the country. Lisa has spoken extensively throughout Ohio to public and private groups on a variety of employment topics including workplace harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended, and handing complex discipline and terminations.

Patrick Watts advises and defends employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and other state civil rights agencies. He litigates employment and discrimination matters, overtime and minimum wage claims, Family and Medical Leave Act claims, and all other employment-related torts in state and federal court. Over his career, Patrick has litigated numerous high profile Family and Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act cases.

Patrick is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law and was selected as a "Super Lawyers Rising Star" for the years 2009 to 2013. In addition to litigation and counseling, Patrick provides in-house training for clients and has lectured extensively on a variety of topics including the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Conference Details

Conference Location
  • Kalahari Resorts
    7000 Kalahari Drive
    Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Date and Time
  • September 13, 2017
    Begins at 9:00 AM
  • Through...
  • September 15, 2017
    Ends at 3:00 PM